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Farm Workforce Modernization Act

For years, the produce industry and our agriculture sector partners have made an overwhelming case for legislation to reform our broken immigration system and help build a legal and reliable workforce. With the introduction of the bipartisan 2021 Farm Workforce Modernization Act (H.R.1603) in the House of Representatives, we are one step closer to getting the reforms the fresh produce industry has needed for decades.

This legislation marks an important first step in that process and it includes the basic principles of immigration reform that we have long advocated for. The bill provided legal status for the current workforce, reforms the current federal agriculture guestworker program known as H-2A and ensures that we will have future access to a skilled, dedicated workforce. The bill also includes provisions to ensure the proper enforcement of our nation’s immigration laws but is contingent upon including the reforms to the current and future workforce for which we have long advocated.

As the new Congress is underway, President Biden has already taken dramatic steps to move immigration reform to the top of his agenda. United and its allies are making a strong push to include needed agriculture reform in the Administration and Congress’s efforts to reform immigration policy

Farm Workforce Modernization Act (H.R.1603) Details

Agriculture Urges House to Pass Farm Workforce Modernization Act (H.R.1603)

How YOU Can Support Agriculture Immigration Reform

Take action and send a strong produce industry message to congress. Have your company join this effort.

  • Sign Up for Immigration Updates United will keep you abreast on this key issue
  • Share with Business Partners. We encourage you to ask your partners throughout the industry to join our immigration update list so we can have broad engagement and support heading into a Senate strategy, immigration impacts the entire supply chain!

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Agriculture Labor By The Numbers

  • There are an estimated 3 million foreign workers in the U.S. agricultural labor force
  • The number of full-time equivalent field and crop workers fell by more than 20 percent between 2002 and 2014
  • As of 2016, the average age of a farm worker in the U.S. is 40 years old
  • In 2018 the Department of Labor approved 242,762 H-2A positions and in just the last year the number of approved H-2A jobs grew by 21% and the number of employer applicants grew by over 16%

To learn more about the Farm Workforce Modernization Act, please contact John Hollay, Senior Director of Government Relations & Public Policy. To discuss how you and your company can engage on this issue contact Angela Tiwari, Director of Grassroots & Political Affairs.